Grant winners – 24 December 2015

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

December 24, 2015
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Leverhulme Trust

Research project grants

Evolution of avian egg design

Are planetary magnetic fields generated and maintained by inertial waves?

Transitions to defensive mutualism: an experimental coevolution approach


Veiled voyagers: Muslim women travellers from Asia and the Middle East

Royal Society

Wolfson Research Merit Awards
These awards are worth £10,000-£30,000 a year, which is a salary enhancement

  • Award winner: Sharon Ashbrook
  • Institution: University of St Andrews

Exploiting NMR spectroscopy: local structure and disorder in solids

Exploring new biomarkers for the prediction and therapy of type 1 diabetes

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

BetterCrowd: human computation for big data

Structural and fire resistance of a reusable steel/concrete composite floor system

ReComp: sustained value extraction from analytics by recurring selective recomputation

Integrated anode-less PEM fuel cells (iaPEM-FC) – beyond hydrogen

In detail

European Research Council

Award winner: James Mallinson
Institution: Soas, University of London
Value: €1.85 million

The Hatha Yoga Project: mapping Indian and transnational traditions of physical yoga through philology and ethnography

This project will explore the history of hatha yoga, a source of much of the modern yoga practised around the world today. It will draw on hatha yoga’s textual corpus and on fieldwork among its current ascetic practitioners to reconstruct the history of its practice. The team will explore the form, and its practitioners, concentrating on the period of its formalisation, between the 11th and 15th centuries. The study will also document its subsequent development and proliferation and attempt to identify what constituted yoga practice in India on the eve of colonialism. “The history of hatha yoga is crucial for an understanding of both Indian religion and modern yoga, but is yet to be the object of serious study,” said James Mallinson, lecturer in Sanskrit and classical Indian studies at Soas, University of London. “As a result, key questions about yoga – such as who were hatha yoga’s first practitioners and why did they practise it, and which modern yoga practices predate colonialism and which are innovations – are yet to be answered satisfactorily. The project seeks to redress this by identifying the origins of both hatha and modern yoga.”

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